Here's a question I've been chewing on for a while. So you're recording your newest project as a band. You all like to play live a lot, but take the recording process seriously. So do you record songs in such a way that you can recreate them exactly (or fairly close) live? Or do you use the studio as a "virtual canvas" for how your songs COULD be performed, and do it differently live (or skip it altogether in the live show)? I think as of right now, I fall right in the middle. I'm playing in a 3 piece, and I like to record a couple of guitar tracks on every tune, and sometimes even overdub vocals when 2 vocal parts aren't enough. But I'm not sure that I would go so far as to bring in a full horn section to record or play with a string quartet or anything totally weird like that. See, I just don't know. I really like going to live shows because they're not always exactly like the album... but then there are songs like Queen's infamous "Bohemian Rhapsody"... where the band would actually step offstage and play the recording for the middle part that they couldn't recreate live. I'm not talking about a specific purpose CD. Obviously, you want to keep overdubbing to a minimum for a demo CD that you intend to actually DEMOnstrate how your band sounds to a potential client. And we're not talking about art for art's sake. Just a typical band releasing a typical recording. No buco bucks for additional musicians, probably no backing tracks (I'm not a fan of them anyway). What are your thoughts?